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Freshman tennis star enjoys lofty state UTSA rank, then leads FHS girls to early success at No. 1 singles; Bearden boys solid at the top in race for District 4-AAA No. 1

Led by Tennessee’s second-ranked girls tennis player in both the 16-and-under and 14-and-under classes according to the United States Tennessee Association’s final 2003 rankings, the Farragut Lady Admirals are serving up some early season success.

FHS freshman Lauren Farlett, No. 2 in the state and the Lady Ads’ No. 1 singles player, cruised to an 8-1 victory against Bearden’s Helen Fison as Farragut disposed of BHS 6-3 April 14 at the West Hills tennis complex. The talented 14-year-old held a 5-1 individual record coming into this week’s action.

“The girls are playing really well, we’ve got a lot of depth on the team,” FHS head coach Betsy Sparks said, as the Lady Admirals carried a 5-1 overall record and a perfect 4-0 District 4-AAA slate heading into this week’s action.

Individually, Sparks is quick to spread the credit, starting with No. 2 singles player Helen Hsu (5-1 record).

“Helen just stuck in there and gutted it out,” the coach said of Hsu’s tight 9-8 victory against Bearden’s Christine Halliday. “She was down and she came back and pulled it through.

“Lindsay Thrash has been playing real solid all year at No. 5,” Sparks added. “She’s winning most all of her matches.”

Thrash whipped Lady Bulldog Tara Fox 8-1.

At No. 3 singles, Bearden’s Courtney Cox beat Farragut’s Whitney Noble 8-5; Chelsea Delay, FHS No. 6, rolled past Lorrin Howard 8-1.


Bearden head coach Clint Cope’s recent praise of his top four Bulldog singles players was vividly reflected in the ‘Dawgs’ 6-3 victory against Farragut.

BHS No. 1 singles player and highly-regarded Cyrus Rahnema whipped Justin Elrod 8-4.

Bulldog No. 2 Hunter Maltsberger, who won special praise from Cope after fighting off three match points to win 9-7 and help lead BHS past Halls 5-4 Thursday, was an 8-3 winner against Admiral Jonathan Houck.

BHS No. 4 Chris Acker won praise from coach Sparks following his 8-3 win.

“Chris Acker, their number four, was a surprise,” Sparks said. “He’s a good, strong player, and he’s really improved.”

Sparks also praised another BHS player, No. 3 Jimmy Fulton. Fulton beat Ravi Arimilli 8-3.

“He’s a solid player, he’s starting to play a lot more of the state-level tournaments,” she said.

Farragut’s “bottom” two players came through. No. 5 Alex Diegel beat Bearden’s Brock Turner 8-3, and FHS No. 6 Kamyar Momtaz whipped Inhang Kim 8-4.


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